To paraphrase the immortal Chico Escuela, politics has been very, very good to Carl Bearden.Read the whole thing here.
Since 1993, he’s gone from representing the Harvester area on the St. Charles County Council to representing rich people who want to influence elections and public policy in Missouri without the public knowing who they are.
Along the way, he served seven years in the Missouri House while simultaneously building his lobbying business. Despite the massive potential for conflict of interest, it’s become common for lobbyists and political consultants to serve as legislators. Mr. Bearden was one of the pioneers.
Thanks to @firedupmissouri for the pointer.